Diet for Blood Pressure May Also Reduce Heart Failure Risk

The DASH diet’s mission is to fight high blood pressure. But a new study suggests that the eating plan may also significantly lower the risk of heart failure in people younger than 75.

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The diet is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy products. It’s low in salt, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages.

“Only a few prior studies have examined the effects of the DASH diet on the incidence of heart failure, and they have yielded conflicting results,” said study author Dr. Claudia Campos. She’s an associate professor of general internal medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“This research showed that following the DASH diet can reduce the risk of developing